Tyler Badie - RB - Missouri
Welcome to the rookie profile for Tyler Goodson. Goodson had a good college career, with improvements made each season. His 2021 season ended with a 1,151 yard season on the ground with an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 194 lbs
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
Tyler Badie came out of high school as a low three-star and undersized running back. He committed to Missouri and contributed right away with over 400 yards on the ground and 130 yards through the air. He continued to contribute on both the ground and through the air both his sophomore and junior years. He was the main backup to LA Charger, Larry Rountree in both his sophomore and junior season. Finally, he was set free his senior season after Rountree left for the NFL. Badie became the lead back for the Tigers with over 300 touches, 2,000 all-purpose yards, and 18 total touchdowns. He proved to be an effective rusher and a great third-down back showing off his pass protection, yards after the catch ability, and hands. His spectacular season earned him Second-team All-American, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and First-team All-SEC honors.
Badie is a great all-purpose running back. As a rusher, he shows a good combination of both elusiveness and physicality. He can make defenders miss one on one in the open field or even in tight situations in the teeth of the defense. While sometimes inconsistent, his vision is generally very effective both at the line of scrimmage and into the second level of the defense. Standing at 5’8” and 197lbs, he’s a bit undersized for the position, and despite this, he is a very physical running back. He consistently showed the ability to push the pile against SEC caliber defenses and continuously keep his legs churning. He also easily runs through arm tackles and even displayed the ability to drag defenders with him and shed tacklers to gain yards after contact.
On top of his rushing abilities, he has the ability to line up anywhere on the field: in the backfield, the slot, and even out wide. He can run effective routes as a running back and displays soft hands with the ability to adjust well to off-target throws. Additionally, he utilizes his rushing abilities in the open field to pick up plus yardage after the catch. Building on what he can do with the ball in his hands in passing situations, he is just as impressive in pass protection. He is physical and shows solid fundamentals to be a very useful pass blocker.
As mentioned previously, Badie is listed as 5’8” and 197lbs. It’s a knock that he wasn’t able to get over that 200lbs mark, let alone the ideal 215lbs for running backs to be set as a workhorse role. Despite this, Badie was used as a workhorse for Missouri with over 300 touches against some of the toughest defenses in the nation. On film, he has inconsistent vision, occasionally missing running lanes or cutback lanes. Generally, he is solid in this area and this could be in direct relation to the struggles of Missouri’s offensive line causing Badie to commit to running lanes before having adequate time to analyze the line of scrimmage. Additionally, he doesn’t have explosive burst like some of the top-tier running backs in this class. When changing direction, he decelerates and doesn’t accelerate with the same quickness.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 5
Badie showed he could be a workhorse for Missouri, but the NFL is a different animal. Even at his size, it’s hard to envision him as a full-time three-down back. But still, he could be a solid 1a in a committee getting 60% of the touches. Depending on his draft capital and situation, he might slot in as the 1b or 1c in a running back by committee but with the potential to garner more playing time if his play on the field warrants it or injuries hit the running back room. He has the versatility to fill many roles and earn early playing time wherever there is an opportunity.
There are plenty of teams that could use a running back with Badie’s skill set and potential. Specifically, the New York Giants could be looking for a replacement for Saquon Barkley this upcoming season. With plenty of other holes to fill on the roster, they could take an upside pick on Badie later in the draft. The Kansas City Chiefs may have learned their lesson the hard way of taking running backs early. Despite taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round just a few short years ago, they are still in need of some support in that backfield. CEH and Badie might be a bit redundant in terms of skillsets, but splitting the backfield between the two could turn into a nice duo if CEH can regain what everyone saw from him when he was drafted. Finally, the Falcons have plenty of bigger needs than running back, but running back is still a need. Waiting later in the draft might be the best bet, and could net a difference-maker in Tyler Badie and provide Badie with plenty of opportunities to get on the field with a very weak running back room.
Post Draft Analysis
Baltimore Ravens- Round 6, Pick 18
Baltimore saw their running back room get decimated by injuries last season. The Ravens took high-value positions throughout the beginning of the draft to bolster their offensive line and defense. But finally, in the sixth round, they added Tyler Badie to pair with JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Ty’Son Williams. The Ravens like utilizing a running back by committee, leaning heavily on the run game with the said committee and dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson. Dobbins, when fully healthy, looks to take the 1a role in the backfield, leaving a wide-open competition for touches behind him between Gus Edwards, Ty’Son Williams, and now Tyler Badie. Badie’s ability to play any down and even out wide gives Baltimore the flexibility to play both Dobbins and Badie on any down at any time. This prevents the team from pigeonholing either back into a specific role and keeps the defense off balance. A great overall fit for Baltimore’s scheme and what they like to do on offense.
Badie has the potential to be an impact player right out of the gates in any role. He specializes as a third-down back with good pass protection, fluid routes, and soft hands. And he also is a plus rusher on the outside or in between the tackles. He has the opportunity to impress right away, but will need to beat out incumbent players Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams, both of which suffered injuries that cut their seasons short in 2020. Regardless, outside of injury, Badie won’t be taking over the backfield with Dobbins still in town. He can provide fantasy value on his pass-catching value and limited touches on the ground, assuming he takes over the RB2 role in the offense over Edwards and Williams. He could be a long shot in redraft leagues at the end of the draft depending on offseason news. In dynasty, he is a nice early third-round dart throw in rookie drafts. In a perfect scenario, Dobbins and Badie co-exist really well, but even then Badie is capped as a fantasy RB2.